Appearing in National Jazz Awards Finals, 7.30pm Tuesday 27 October
Owen Measday is currently in his 3rd year at the WA Academy of Performing Arts studying jazz voice. Increasingly in demand by some of Perth’s most well respected jazz musicians and in just a few short years Owen has found his place in the upper echelons of the jazz vocal community. A skilled soloist and story teller with a unique and warm delivery.
His vocal prowess has gained the respect and admiration of many of his mentors including vocalist-composer Chris McNulty, who is currently preparing to record an originals project which features Owen in vocal ensemble as a soloist.
During one of several trips Owen made to New York as part of the WAAPA summer school program he had the opportunity of performing under the tutelage of pianist-arranger Gil Goldstein who is well known for his work with Bobby McFerrin and Pat Metheny among others. Owen was also mentored by Dave Douglas and Janis Siegel.
Owen covers a wide spectrum of styles, crossing genres influenced by Nat King Cole to Chet Baker, Mark Murphy and Donny Hathaway. His style has been developed not just from listening to vocalists but equally from instrumentalists including Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley.
Owen’s ambition is to continue to interpret his own original compositions and also to pay homage to the masters of Jazz music.